Blue Sky Network and Upland Consulting to Increase Safety and Fuel Efficiency for Oil and Gas Producers in Nigeria

La Jolla, Calif., May 18, 2010 – Blue Sky Network, a leading global provider of Iridium-based GPS tracking and communication solutions and Upland Consulting announced that they have won a project to implement FuelTrax® Marine Fuel Management and GPS tracking on offshore support vessels in Nigeria. A major petroleum company is now piloting these technologies on boats in the African region and benefiting from the increased accountability, safety, and efficiency the system provides.

Developed by Nautical Control Solutions of Houston, Texas, FuelTrax specifically identifies operating inefficiencies on a vessel or across a fleet for the purposes of increasing fuel efficiency. Moving beyond simple fuel metering, FuelTrax gathers a broad range of fuel related information and presents it to captains, operations, maintenance, and fleet management so that problem areas and inefficient activities are easily and quickly identified.

Blue Sky Network’s D2000 GPS tracking and communications transceiver will work in coordination with FuelTrax to offer offshore marine assets a superior level of safety and security. Fuel consumption information from FuelTrax will be incorporated with Blue Sky’s SkyRouter software service to let those on shore communicate with crew members, track vessel location and monitor fuel consumption – all from one convenient interface.

“Fuel loss has long been an issue for marine operators in Nigeria and other parts of the world. In combination with rapidly growing worldwide concern over energy consumption, the task of increasing fuel efficiency takes on greater importance.,” said Jon Gilbert, CEO for Blue Sky Network. “Oil and gas producers who are deploying our unique combined fuel usage and location tracking solution will experience new and much improved levels of visibility and security”

“FuelTrax significantly enhances fuel accountability for marine fleet managers by providing operators with continuous visibility into fuel consumption, economy, engine performance, and fuel tank levels,” said Anthony George, CEO of Nautical Control Systems. “Shorebase and on-board monitoring allows vessels to make needed adjustments that reduce fuel usage ultimately reducing costs, a huge benefit in today’s uncertain economy.”

About Blue Sky Network
Blue Sky Network is the leading provider of global logistics solutions for two-way linking and managing remote transportation assets via global satcom. Using its interactive Web portal, SkyRouter, with detailed mapping, Blue Sky Network links enterprises and transportation assets (air, sea and land) anywhere on earth over the Iridium satellite network. Our FAA-certified data and voice products enable users to customize features including safety and event reporting. Blue Sky Network’s exceptional customer service and management team make it the perfect partner for adding truly global satcom to your transportation network Blue Sky Network’s exceptional customer service and management team make it the perfect partner for adding truly global communication to your transportation network. For more information, please visit

About Upland Consulting
Upland Consulting Nigeria, Ltd. is a management and strategy services firm focused on solving mission critical problems and mitigating risk for executive management. Upland has successful experience in technical and management consulting services across several industries. They remain abreast of the latest technological developments and management practices, especially within the Energy (Oil & Gas and Power) sector.

About Nautical Control Solutions, LP
NCS is a leader in marine fuel management systems technology. Drawing on 19 years of control systems design and manufacturing, its patented FuelTrax marine fuel management system entered the market in 2006 and is now proven on over 120 vessels worldwide in both brown and blue water environments. Visit to learn more.

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